Next time Britney Spears comes to Maryland, she might want to watch her back. In a speech at an anti-domestic violence conference last week, Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich decried Justin's ex in unusually harsh terms. ''Really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would,'' said Ehrlich (who suggested that some domestic violence could be prevented if the entertainment industry provided better role models). The first lady's spokesperson has since released a statement explaining that she had used ''an inadvertent figure of speech,'' but stands by her suggestion that the 21-year-old Spears is a bad influence.
Spears' record label, Jive, responded in a tart statement of its own. ''This unfortunate comment was made at a domestic violence prevention conference,'' Spears' spokeswoman said. ''It seems that Mrs. Ehrlich has shot herself in the foot by promoting violence as well.'' In other words, Ehrlich should not expect any French kisses at next year's VMAs.